Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
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Not recommended as an all purpose lens...
2 weeks ago
Summary: Great little lens for the portrait type photosyou want to take. Also contains a macro lens great for taking close up photos, which I use for flowers and interesting things. Love to use this lens for special purposes. Best not to use for an all purpose lens.
Conclusion: I purchased this lens mainly to use in copying my vast library of color slides. Paired with Canon extension tubes, a competitors slide holder, and a decent light source, it works terrific! My Canon 5D III makes much quicker files since I don't have to wait the several minutes for a regular scanner to do its scan, and I can see the results on the cameras LCD screen histogram right away. In addition doing white balance for the light source is a cinch.
Summary: This is an excellent entry-level macro lens. It only does 1:2 (1/2) life size out of the box, but this can be upgraded to 1:1 life size with the Canon Life Size Converter. For my purposes, its an excellent lens. So far, I've taken great pictures of my wife's wedding ring, the handle of a dental tool, etc. I haven't had enough time to get into nature with it yet, but all signs point to satisfying results.